A wide ranging view of the world from the “leftern edge” of US politics. Yesterday on the Internet curates material from a “not-so-secret” email newsletter sent during the 2010 political campaign season primarily to progressive campaigners in Providence, RI. Readers around the world will be captivated by the author’s unorthodox “takes” on news stories and websites that were more or often less relevant to the campaigns. From the wonkiest Pew research reports to the RI gubernatorial candidate that told President Obama to “shove it”, Yesterday on the Internet will show you how much you missed in the summer of 2010.
On US Wars: When Johnny, Juan, Juanita and Jill come marching home, there is no band to meet them. Just their names spelled out in plastic cups stuck in the chain link fence over the highway. In fact, because these wars have no end, we never can enjoy that peacetime surge of a returning army. There is no such thing as marching home anymore. (Page 135)
On the New York Times: Remember, the lower right-hand quarter of the New York Times Op-ed page gets sold as advertising whenever a major corporation has something that it wants to say. As you’ll find, that page and its editors don’t care much forYesterday on the Internet. Perhaps I should have taken out an ad. (Page ii)
On the Hungarian Toxic Sludge Spill: All around the world, ecological time bombs are waiting to explode. Waiting for the weather event, for the seismic event, for the stupid human event, for the series of incredibly stupid human events. From aging infrastructure to companies compromising process for higher and higher profits, we’ve pushed ourselves into a corner where things are breaking down in spectacularly public ways. In our connected world, every system failure has immediate global impact. (Page 169)
On the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Profitability: How can a team that so consistently loses on the field still win at the bank? The only way this is possible for the lowly Pirates is that they are guaranteed a seat at the grown-ups table, aka, the big leagues. If a player does not perform, he is sent to the minor leagues. If a team does not perform, it is sent a big revenue-sharing check. (Page 212)
John Speck is an iconoclastic thinker with a wide-ranging career, including blue-collar jobs, white-collar jobs, the arts and entrepreneurship. A consultant at Providence, Rhode Island think tank New Commons, he has advised government agencies, companies, non-profits and political campaigns. (More about John Speck, the Author)